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A group of youngsters who gathered at the fale Samoa in front of CBT this past Saturday to help promote the Amerika Samoa Tatau Festival
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Ten Polynesian artists will be tattooing LIVE at the Lee Auditorium in Utulei during the Amerika Samoa Tatau Festival, set for Nov. 2, 3, and 5. All but one of the artists is of Samoan ancestry. It is a spin-off of the Northwest Tatau Festival, held in Washington State...
Tatau Off the Grid, was the theme, of the 14th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Festival in Alega Bay, this past weekend, Friday Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The first tattoo of the day this past Friday was this young one, who got a perfect Samoan tatau, in magic marker.  Just right to start with....
Senior Airman Darias Faaita preparing to present an American Flag to its recipient.
Senior Airman Darias Faaita stationed at Malstrom Air Force Base, Montana was recently (10/24/2018) selected as the Honor Guardsman of the Quarter. Only select individuals are able to compete for this award and are eligible for the Honor Guardsmen of the Year award. Pictured is Faaita going about...
Leah McKenzie, of Long Beach standing before the mural.
Long Beach, CALIFORNIA — In a vacant fenced-in North Long Beach dirt lot just a few doors down from where Leah McKenzie grew up, a mural depicting the 21-year-old now emblazons a bordering wall once used by neighborhood kids to play handball. The mural, part of an effort to beautify blighted areas...
(left) Mavis Chloe Rivers (right) and her son, Grammy award winner La’auli Matt Catingub
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In just a few weeks, on November 9, 10 & 11 - the Samoana Jazz & Arts Festival — American Samoa will pay tribute to Samoan international jazz singer Mavis Chloe Rivers (1929–1992). Jazz legend Frank Sinatra referred to Mavis Rivers as the “purest jazz voice he...
Tina Fonoimoana-Reid in front of Summit sign
Laie, HAWAII — One of our very own, Tina Fonoimoana-Reid, owner of Cheat Day Bakery in Nuu’uli, American Samoa, was invited to participate in the third Global Breadfruit Summit hosted by the University of Hawaii Pacific Business Center Program (PBCP) and sponsored by the Polynesian Cultural Center...
Patosina Canales and her daughter Beverley beside the gravesite of their uncle ‘Rudy’ — his final resting place — during last Saturday’s Memorial celebration of Rudolf Annesley’s life, held on the Annesley family land, in Tafuna-Iliili, where friends and family gathered to remember him and say...
Rob Ruck poses with ASHSAA/JPS ATC Florence Wasko
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Earlier this week, the author of “Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL” – released his book at the Feleti Barstow Library in Utulei, where fans and readers had the opportunity to ‘Meet The Author’ Rob Ruck in person and he got a chance...
Alega Bay, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tisa’s Tattoo Festival is joining forces with local government Offices of Historic Preservation, Marine and Wildlife and private sector, to elevate Journey of the Tatau and keep Amerika Samoa’s conservation practices alive.  Tatau Off the Grid, is the theme, of the 14th...
Utu Abe Malae's nephew and niece at the family service
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Singing on stage at the Gov. Rex Lee Auditorium, Wednesday evening, during the family service for Utu Abe Malae, were his nephew and niece. The family service was packed and lasted for more than 6 hours as people — family and friends — stood in line to offer testimony...

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